Animals Used For Transportation

Animals Used For Transportation

Animals Used For Transportation

Although sheep are one of the first animals thought of when imagining different types of wool, they are certainly not the only animals whose fibers are used. There are many breeds of sheep that produce many levels of fibers for wools. The coarsest of the wools are used for blankets and rugs while the fine Merino wools are used for fine fabrics such as Smart Wool, which can be machine washed and dried. It can also be treated to reduce or stop shrinkage which makes wool as durable and easy to wear as man-made fibers.

Alpacas, the camelid relative of the llama, are gaining worldwide popularity as a wool producing species. They are smaller than camels or llamas, which are generally thought of as transportation and pack animals. They are larger than the similar wild vicuñas. Since they are a native high mountain animal, they have a very heavy lush fleece that is very valuable. Its lack of lanolin in their fleece makes their fleece less greasy than sheep’s wool. They generally take less room to farm than sheep and produce one shearing per year as sheep do.

Animals Used For Transportation

Animals Used For Transportation

Animals Used For Transportation

Mohair is a very popular fiber which is produced by the Angora goats of Turkey. They were imported to many areas of the world from Turkey and were very common in the Southern United States prior to the Civil War. Many of the Southern flocks were destroyed during that time, and the remaining flocks migrated west. Texas remains one of the largest angora fiber producers in the world. Angora goats are shorn twice per year. Historically angora fleece and fibers were always white, however, in recent years breeding associations have allowed colored angora goats to be recognized.

Turkey is also the originating area for Angora rabbits and Angora cats. Angora rabbits have the distinction of being able to be shorn as with sheep or alpacas or have their fibers removed by plucking or combing. The American Rabbit Breeders Association recognizes English, French, Giant, and Satin breeds although there are other breeds such as Chinese and Finnish. They are the largest and the oldest breeds of domesticated rabbits.

Animals Used For Transportation

Animals Used For Transportation

Animals Used For Transportation

Global economies and the worldwide devotion to ecological actions seek alternatives to man-made fibers. Many man-made fibers are not biodegradable or reusable but wool can be recycled, reclaimed, and reused.

Home businesses, which have become popular in recent years also look at the wool and fiber industry. The winner of the Wackiest category in a contest promoted by StartupNation was a woman who learned to spin her dog’s hair into yarn. Her business is to have people ship their dog hair to her for processing into yarn. When thinking of different types of wool and different types of fibers, even our pets can be producers.

By Alan Stables
Article Source: ezinearticles.com